On December 3rd, 2013, the Woodbury Branch hosted its Your Life Home--and it was quite a success!
Our goal was to have people come and share things they do for the holidays (whatever holiday it may be)--maybe recipes and/or decoration tips--whatever they wanted to share. We had 22 "tamale kits" prepared for our expected attendance, and some supplies left for "just in case".... and we used all the kits!
As Colorado prepares for the Super Bowl this weekend, another important celebration is also taking place to celebrate the horse. Known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, thousands will celebrate the Year of the Horse beginning on January 31, 2014.
Unlike other new year celebrations, the Lunar New Year is celebrated over 15 days through many traditions and customs. One common practice is to clean your house before the new year begins to get rid of "bad fortune" and make way for incoming luck. Another activity is to decorate homes and windows with paper cut-outs celebrating themes of good fortune, longevity, wealth, and happiness.
Every two weeks, free tracks from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Classical Music Library are offered.
This week (the week of January 28, 2014) the Smithsonian Folkways Recording is Pete Seeger's Buffalo Gals in honor of Pete Seeger's passing at age 94 on Monday, January 27, 2014.
Pete Seeger's life, music, and legacy encapsulate nearly a century of American history and culture. He has immersed himself in folk music and used it, like Johnny Appleseed, to "plant the seeds of a better tomorrow in the homes across our land." The songs in this collection of 139 American Favorite Ballads narrate tales of ordinary people and their extraordinary deeds, and show Pete at the crossroads of the past and the future putting his own stamp on America's folk song heritage while bequeathing it to generations to come.
The Jewish Book Council recently announced the winners of the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards.
According to the Jewish Book Council, "Now in its 63rd year, the National Jewish Book Awards is the longest-running North American awards program in the field of Jewish literature. Established to recognize outstanding books of Jewish interest in various categories, it has earned its place as one of the nation's premiere literary honors."
Add your own tapestry crochet potholder to our growing installation and become a part of this community event. Free materials are available for this project.
Fresh City Life hosted our makers' event this past Saturday -- an all day workshop that helped to grow our collection of tapestry crochet potholders. They have begun to take over a wall in the Fresh City Lounge and we'll just let it keep growing throughout the year as crocheters add to this fun art piece.
On the 14th of this month, the US Court of Appeals for DC Circuit issued a ruling in a case brought by Verizon against the Federal Communications Commission. Verizon was challenging the FCC's attempt to "compel broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic the same regardless of source," as the ruling put it - what is popularly known as "net neutrality." Verizon won. Mostly.
Back in 2010, the FCC adopted the Open Internet Order - a set of rules designed to provide a basic framework for internet service providers (ISPs). It banned content blocking (where an ISP simply blocks subscriber's access to a specific site or type of data) and charging content providers for access to their network (think Comcast charging Netflix to provide its service to Comcast internet subscribers).
Whoo hoo! Say goodbye to Windows XP and helllllooooo to Windows 7!
As many of you have probably heard, Microsoft will no longer provide support for its XP operating system after April 8, 2014. So if you're a home user who hasn't switched to Windows 7 or newer, check out this page for more information.
DPL has already started the upgrades to all public computers. Along with the Windows 7 rollout, there are some other upgrades as well. All the browsers, including Internet Explorer, are up to date. And now customers can download and install software, too!
In Part I, we looked at some simple ways to save money around the house, such as drinking tap water instead of pricey bottled brands and tackling DIY projects. But there are plenty of other areas where you can easily economize, like clothing, technology and travel.
Hey, Kids! Want to learn a new language? Check out our fun new Muzzy Online software.
Denver Public Library has had the popular Muzzy series of language learning videos and DVDs for years. Now, we're expanding to include the Muzzy Online language program.
You can find the same silly videos, games, and favorite characters you already know and love online with your library card - no more waiting! Muzzy Online teaches French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Italian, and Portuguese and has courses to improve English, geared toward new English speakers.